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power booking

power booking  n.— «Town Center inflated the loaned value of vehicles by telling third-party lenders the vehicles carried extra features and options that they did not—an illegal practice known as “power booking.”» —“‘Mr...

Nicknames in the Newsletter

How-do, neighbor! It’s another issue of the A Way with Words newsletter. This past weekend's show was a brand-new treat, stuffed full of chewy language goodness. We talked about "the vapors," whether...

cascaron

cascaron  n.— Note: Cascarón is Spanish for “eggshell.” «In late April, tiny pastel bits of a giant San Antonio party show up everywhere: trickling from your hair, embedded in the carpet under your desk, stuck to your furniture...

NHI

NHI  n.— «Last week, the state agency that polices judicial conduct found that when Greene uttered the acronym “NHI” (short for “no humans involved”) he had no intention of making a racial epithet, nor did he think...

panelizing

panelizing  n.— «Volunteers gave up an entire weekend last April for the “blitz build.” The frame of the house, which was built last winter inside a large warehouse, was moved to the site for this event. Volunteers then put the walls and...

command wire

command wire  n.— «Specialist Sandoval, 22, from First Battalion, 501st Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska, was convicted of planting a coil of copper wire on the body of the man he killed near Iskandariya...

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